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brunof
Dec 14th, 2001, 09:36 PM
Let's face it, Chanda Rubin didn't have the season of her life last year, struggling with injuries, consistancy, and even problems on the court. (Vomiting from the intense heat at the US Open.) In 2000 she was ranked so, so very close to the top 10. (It would have been nice to see her there at the moment.) However, she now sits in 50's and finished off a lackluster year at 16-16. I believe Chanda can return to the top 20 at least, granted she is injury free and motivated. What do you think? GO CHANDA! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

setpoint
Dec 15th, 2001, 12:19 AM
I definitely feel Chanda will have an impressive 2002 and will finish in the top 15. After injuries, she started to have impressive wins against competitive opponents. She should pick up her ranking significantly before the French Open, where she will be seeded. I feel she will win Tazmanian Open in January and get to Round of 16 or Quarter Finals at Australian Open. Look for a year like Jennifer had last year from Chanda, she is a great competitor, and if healthy, will rise in rankings.

Brian Stewart
Dec 15th, 2001, 12:02 PM
Can? Absolutely! The skills she had are still there. As a rare "5-tool" player, she has more than enough talent to get back to the top 10 and higher. Anyone who thinks otherwise doesn't know much about how the game is played. As I was convinced Capriati and Seles still had the capabilities to return to the elite, and win slams, so I'm convinced Chanda has the ability to reach the top echelons of the game.

Will she? Dunno. Bad tactical advice from her coach is the main thing holding her back. Plus, she's notoriously stubborn. If she makes the necessary changes there, she can beat anyone, anywhere. It's not unlike what happened with Capriati and Seles, although their problems were physical (fitness). I figured if either ever got in tip-top shape, they could win slams. Capriati did it this year. Seles got in better shape than she had been in in a while, and the results reflected it. If she goes the last bit, she'll do it too.

So, yes Chanda definitely can do it. She's young, fit, fast, and can smack the hell out of the ball. Will she? Hope so, but don't know. If she stays healthy, she has an excellent chance, tactical mistakes and all. If she eliminates those, it's a certainty.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Dec 15th, 2001, 01:01 PM
I had witnessed some perfect tennis from Chanda when she beat Hingis and took the first set off of Graf at 1999 Indian Wells. I truly thought she was going back to the top 10 after that....sadly she lost to Weingartner at (what was then called) The Lipton next week (who, coincidentally also beat Testud). I didn't understand then.....but I do now......very inconsistent.

I only hope she can find that consistency on a CONSISTENT basis <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> and then break back into the top 10! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 15th, 2001, 01:26 PM
She will get back to where she was , exepcting her 2002 year end rank to be somewhere around 20 or better.

Kart
Dec 15th, 2001, 02:21 PM
Hopefully she can return to the top - I firmly believe she has some great tennis left inside her <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

brunof
Dec 15th, 2001, 02:36 PM
Thanks for the replies guys. I have seen Chanda play only a few times on TV so I don't really know what her game is really all about. I know, mostly from reading she can hit the ball quite hard. Does she hit a ball similar to Elena, Meghann, or Mauresmo as far as power? She must have good hands, I'm guessing being a Grand Slam Doubles Champion and all. Furthermore, why did she only compete in 1 slam in 1996? Injuries? Any more thoughts guys?

Blazedboy
Dec 16th, 2001, 09:52 PM
Yea, 1996 apparently was turning out to be her best year, then she was injured and missed a ton of tounaments. I really hope Chanda gets back to where she once was, and where she belongs! GO RUBIN!!

Messenger
Dec 15th, 2002, 12:01 PM
Originally posted by setpoint
I definitely feel Chanda will have an impressive 2002 and will finish in the top 15. After injuries, she started to have impressive wins against competitive opponents. She should pick up her ranking significantly before the French Open, where she will be seeded. I feel she will win Tazmanian Open in January and get to Round of 16 or Quarter Finals at Australian Open. Look for a year like Jennifer had last year from Chanda, she is a great competitor, and if healthy, will rise in rankings.

Berlin May 12 2002
Qual 1 C Rubin(4) - K Nagy 7-5 7-63
Qual 2 M Sanchez Lorenzo - C Rubin(4) 2-6 6-1 6-4
1 C Rubin-LL - M Serna 6-4 5-7 6-4
2 D Hantuchova(11) - C Rubin-LL 6-2 6-4

Rome May 19 2002
Qual 1 N Vierin - C Rubin(10) 6-3 6-4

Madrid May 26 2002
1 C Rubin - R Neffa-de los Rios 6-2 7-65
2 C Rubin - A Sanchez-Vicario-WC(2) 6-3 7-66
QF C Rubin - M Serna 6-3 6-3
SF C Rubin - F Zuluaga 6-4 6-2
F M Seles(1) - C Rubin 6-4 6-2

Roland Garros June 9 2002
1 C Rubin - Y Cho 6-3 6-0
2 C Rubin - B Schett(16) 5-7 6-3 7-5
3 C Rubin - A Kremer(23) 6-1 6-0
4 V Williams(2) - C Rubin 6-3 6-2

Eastbourne June 23 2002
1 C Rubin - T Tanasugarn(8) 6-1 1-6 6-1
2 C Rubin - M Serna 6-2 6-2
QF C Rubin - S Farina Elia(4) 6-1 6-0
SF C Rubin - D Bedanova 6-4 6-1
F C Rubin - A Myskina 6-1 6-3

Wimbledon July 7 2002
1 C Rubin - A Svensson 6-3 6-2
2 C Rubin - I Tulyaganova(14) 6-3 6-1
3 C Rubin - T Panova(21) 6-4 6-1
4 S Williams(2) - C Rubin 6-3 6-3

San Diego Aug 4 2002
1 C Rubin(14) bye
2 C Rubin(14) - A Coetzer 6-1 6-1
3 L Davenport(3) - C Rubin(14) 6-2 2-6 6-1

Los Angeles Aug 11 2002
1 C Rubin(12) bye
2 C Rubin(12) - M Irvin-Q 6-1 3-6 6-2
3 C Rubin(12) - D Bedanova(8) 6-2 6-1
QF C Rubin(12) - S Williams(1) 6-2 4-6 7-5
SF C Rubin(12) - J Dokic(4) 6-0 6-2
F C Rubin(12) - L Davenport(3) 5-7 7-65 6-3

Montreal Aug 18 2002
1 C Rubin(16) - T Panova 6-1 6-3
2 B Schett - C Rubin(16) 6-4 6-4

US Open Sep 8 2002
1 C Rubin(14) - J Craybas 6-1 6-3
2 C Rubin(14) - A Barna 6-4 6-1
3 C Rubin(14) - L Raymond(21) 7-62 6-4
4 V Williams(2) - C Rubin(14) 6-2 4-6 7-5

Filderstadt Oct 13 2002
1 B Schett-WC - C Rubin 1-6 6-2 6-2

Zurich Oct 20 2002
1 A Smashnova - C Rubin 6-3 6-3

Linz Oct 27 2002
1 C Rubin(7) - E Daniilidou 6-3 6-4
2 C Rubin(7) - N Petrova 6-2 6-4
QF C Rubin(7) - J Dokic(3) 7-5 6-2
SF J Henin-Hardenne(4) - C Rubin(7) 7-61 6-4

Los Angeles Nov 10 2002
1 K Clijsters(5) - C Rubin 6-1 6-2

Currently #13. Good Prediction.

auntie janie
Dec 15th, 2002, 12:16 PM
Considering she didn't play a single match until 5 months into the season, Chanda had a phenomenal year to end that high. She is playing her best ever right now. Beating Serena in 2002 was no mean feat!

With no points to defend until May, Chanda has a great chance to advance several more notches up the rankings. Best of luck to her.

novotnaquinton
Dec 15th, 2002, 12:22 PM
I think her result is somehow quite inconsistent at the end of the year while she lost in the 1st round of Filderstadt and Zurich! I think she has weapons to play against the Williams or even have a victory them, if she is in her good form!

I think she can break into top 10 again if she plays well in the beginning of the 2003!

Jakeev
Dec 15th, 2002, 06:17 PM
The fact that Chanda ran out of gas after the U.S. Open kind of surprised me. Does anybody have an idea what happened to her game in the fall?

I know everyone has lapses; Lindsay Davenport had an even bigger laspe, but it just surprised me that Chanda had been on fire since May and then only won three matches in her last four tournaments.

tennischick
Dec 15th, 2002, 07:14 PM
i was wondering the same thing Jakeev. she came back from injury looking so hot, and then, as Brian said, not only did her tactics sometimes just not make sense but she then seemed to just run out of gas. i hope she makes the top ten in 2003 but i suspect that Eggy is right and she'll make the top 20. which is not bad actually!

setpoint
Dec 15th, 2002, 07:50 PM
Chanda will continue with great results in 2003 ending the year in the top 10, possibly the top 5. Also I predict she will win her 1st singles Grand Slam title.

Messenger
Dec 16th, 2002, 12:12 AM
I don't know about a lapse late in the year. The losses were to Smashnova and Schett who are top-20 material players. Besides the terrible loss at the Italian Open, I would say that Chanda has had no other bad losses the entire year.

harloo
Dec 16th, 2002, 02:07 AM
IMO, Chanda is one of those players who are dangerous but yet still inconsistent. She has had some great wins lately so I will say she can make it in the top ten, but I still feel she's too up and down to be in the top 5.

LeonHart
Dec 16th, 2002, 02:16 AM
the answer is: Yes ;)

anton
Dec 16th, 2002, 02:19 AM
i dont know but i hope somebody is gonna step up and challenge venus and serena. i love to see them play each other but tennis is a sport, not a duet.

Jakeev
Dec 16th, 2002, 05:11 AM
But Chanda didn't just get beat by the players you mentioned Cesar she got practically swept by all of them.

Havok
Dec 17th, 2002, 02:12 PM
NO!

Messenger
Dec 18th, 2002, 12:21 AM
no?

Rocketta
Dec 18th, 2002, 01:13 AM
Well Brian Stewart pointed out to me in another thread that after the US Open Chanda's home town was hit by a hurricane or tornado can't remember and something else major happend and she wasn't able to practice. I really think her results reflected that turmoil.

Freefall
Dec 18th, 2002, 01:26 AM
I think she has as good a chance as anyone else to get back inside the top ten. I'm sure she can at least stay inside the top 20 in 2003.

o0O0o
Dec 18th, 2002, 01:33 AM
While she has an excellent forehand, her list of "A" quality weapons runs out there. Her footspeed, backhand, serve, and volleys are decent if unremarkable. You need a little bit more than that to be a top-10 player (unless your name is Jelena Dokic).

prophet2
Dec 18th, 2002, 02:40 AM
Chanda "A" list of qualities does not rest solely on her forehand. Her foot speed and volleys are among the best in the top-20.

niceman
May 13th, 2003, 10:53 AM
it's getting better and better....:)

Dava
May 13th, 2003, 11:59 AM
Err... Chanda is already at the top! She may not be umber one, but she never was in the first place.

maccardel
May 13th, 2003, 01:10 PM
What did y'all do? Reach back in the archive and pull this out? I think a new thread like how far will chanda go in 2003 or will chanda make the year end championship is more appropriate.

Messenger
May 14th, 2003, 12:39 AM
What did y'all do? Reach back in the archive and pull this out? I think a new thread like how far will chanda go in 2003 or will chanda make the year end championship is more appropriate.

God no, that's just pointless. Why do we post on this message board? We post on this message board to express our views and read others', not so that 1 or 2 people read each other's posts before the thread is never seen again and identical threads take their place.

F-R-E-A-K
May 14th, 2003, 05:04 AM
She's BACK!